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Orchestra All-State Camp

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  • 2017 Orchestra All-State Camp will be August 7-12 at College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
  • Our conductor is Miriam Burns, conductor of the McLean Orchestra (VA) and Music Director of the Orchestra of the Redeemer (NY).
  • Check-in on Monday, Aug 7 begins around noon and the final concert on Saturday, Aug 12 is scheduled to end at 2PM.
  • Students committing to the camp must be available for concerts and rehearsal February 23-24, 2018 (Friday, Feb 23 8:30AM-7:30PM and Saturday, Feb 24 8:30AM-5PM). 


  • Arrive between 11am – 12:15pm Mon, Aug 7th. Do not arrive before 11am.
  • See Campus map and directions to campus for driving directions.
  • Check-in at Benedicta Arts Center, Music Rehearsal Room on the lower level.
  • Get room assignment, room key, meal card, and name badge at check-in.
  • Do not lose your key. Fee is $40. Lost meal cards are $10 each. Keep in a safe place all week.
  • Unload at Margretta dorm for females and Brian Hall for males AFTER check-in.
  • LUNCH ON YOUR OWN before opening meeting at 12:30pm in the Benedicta Arts Center, Escher Auditorium.


  • Transportation to and from College of St. Benedict is your responsibility. See Campus map and directions to campus.
  • Parking during camp is free in Lots 5, 6, 8 or 10. See Campus map.
  • Students are prohibited from driving during camp. Any student wishing to leave campus must get approval from Lindsay Schultz, Orchestra Vice President.  


  • Parents and students: Read the All-State Rules and Regulations.
  • It is your responsibility to know these expectations and follow them.
  • Harassment and bullying of any kind are specifically prohibited. This includes in person, in a group or on-line. Treat others with respect.
  • In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled in your school’s ensemble (See eligibility for further information on exceptions).
  • If you are not enrolled in your high school’s orchestra or band and did not receive an approved exception in March, you MUST contact Mary Schaefle, Executive Director, at or 763.566.1460.
  • Enrolling/performing in a collegiate ensemble via PSEO does not meet the eligibility criteria.


  • The updated schedule is now available!
  • Each student will receive a printed schedule at camp.
  • Check-in: Mon Aug 7 between 11am – 12:00pm.
  • Opening meeting: Mon Aug 7 12:30pm
  • Concert: Sat Aug 12 at 1:30pm in Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center.
  • There will be a talent show. Be prepared to try out with your “other” talents. Audio equipment will likely not be available beyond a single microphone.


  • Music is available electronically. You should have received an email with access to your parts via DropBox. You do not need a DropBox account to access your parts.
  • You can practice from a tablet or device at home, but must print parts before camp.
  • Questions? Email


  • Auditions are at 3:15 PM Mon Aug 7th following the opening meeting and introductory meetings and rehearsal.
  • Audition materials: All-State orchestra music.
  • Every student is a leader or soloist at home. Be prepared! Listen to recordings.
  • Winds, brass and percussion, your audition will include all parts. Focus on technical challenges and exposed sections. Do not practice only the first part.


  • You are staying in Margretta Hall (females) and Brian Hall (males).  
  • College of St. Benedict will provide basic linens. Information will be verified later.
  • You may wish to bring additional towel and washcloth.


  • Meals provided start with dinner on Monday evening and end with lunch on Saturday.
  • Life-threatening and significant food allergies should have been listed on your health form.
  • Alternative - contact MMEA with student name and allergy no later than July 15th at or 763-566-1460 to verify.
  • A vegetarian option will be available for each meal.


  • EVERYONE: BRING A FOLDING MUSIC STAND. Mark your name on the stand.
  • Your instrument should be in top playing condition for camp. Bring pencils to all rehearsals.
  • Strings: Bring mutes and extra strings. Cellists and Bass players, bring endpin/rock stops. Bass players bring stools.
  • Brass: Bring valve oil. Bring mutes/plungers listed in your parts.
  • Reeds: Bring extra reeds.
  • Percussionists: Bring your sticks, brushes, beaters and mallets (of a variety of hardness).
  • Large instruments (tuba, string bass, cellos): instrument lockers with combination locks are available.


  • Comfortable clothing for range of temperatures.
  • No form fitting clothing. No short shorts.
  • No alcohol, tobacco, or drug logos or slogans/messages.
  • You may want to pack additional towels.
  • Concert Dress: All Black. Full length slacks or long skirt (mid calf or below). Dress shirt or blouse (long sleeves preferred). Sleeveless tops not allowed. Tie of any color (encouraged). Black shoes and black socks or black/neutral hose.  Nothing form fitting.
  • Bring any prescription or over the counter medications you regularly use. Medications may not be shared.
  • If prescription medication requires refrigeration, contact no later than July 15th.
  • An alarm clock or app. You are responsible for getting to breakfast and rehearsal on time.
  • Spending money if you wish. Chargers. You are responsible for the safety of your devices.


  • Concert is Sat, Aug 12th at 1:30 pm in Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center.
  • Concert is free and open to the public. Invite family and friends!
  • A special area will be reserved for family members to video record the concert.
  • The concert is recorded and each student will receive a free CD. Additional CDs are available for purchase.


  • Final performance will be at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Sat, Feb 24th, 2018.
  • Rehearsals are from 8am -7:15pm Fri, Feb 23 and 8:30 – 11:30am Sat, Feb 24.
  • A side-by-side rehearsal with the Minnesota Orchestra is scheduled Fri, Feb 23rd. Clear the entire day on your schedule.
  • Check-in for Feb All-State will be Fri Feb 23rd in the morning.
  • Clear these dates NOW. You have committed to these dates by accepting All-State membership.


  • Emergency during All-State camp: Lindsay Schultz, cellphone 507.304.3968. Please don’t use email for emergencies.
  • Payment or balance questions: or 763.566.1460
  • Receiving music: or 763.566.1460
  • Questions about parts or music: Lindsay Schultz at or cellphone 507.304.3968.
  • Mail must arrive at College of St. Benedict no later than Wed, August 9th.
  • Student’s name  c/o David Arnott, College of St. Benedict, 37 S College Ave, St. Joseph, MN 56374


Miriam Burns, McLean Orchestra (VA) and The Orchestra of the Redeemer (NY)

Symphony no. 5, Shostakovich, mvts II and IV
In the Steppes of Central Asia, Borodin
Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky
Scheherezade, Rimsky-Korsakov mvt IV

The camp fee is $600.
A limited number of scholarships are available based on student/family need. Scholarship applications are due no later than June 10th.
Payment by Check Form is also available.

Mary Schaefle,
Jul 6, 2017, 9:37 AM
Mary Schaefle,
Aug 1, 2017, 10:06 AM